Pages Navigation Menu

Science Writer and Editor

Where will we find the first telltale signs of the Anthropocene?

Posted on 1 Sep 2016 in Earth Science, Featured, Journalism

The idea of the Anthropocene – the period in which human activity profoundly shapes the environment – has taken an important step closer to general acceptance. If it is made official the real work will begin. Somewhere near the top of the to-do list is one burning question: where in the world gives us the best view of the dawn of the Anthropocene? Image: Sara Simmonds

Read More

Weather bombs could help us see deep inside Earth

Posted on 25 Aug 2016 in Earth Science, Journalism

Severe storm clouds have an unexpected silver lining: they may help us visualise parts of our planet’s interior that are otherwise hidden. Image: Francesca Sacco

Read More

Some of the earliest plants took root by growing up, not down

Posted on 8 Aug 2016 in Earth Science, Environment, Evolution, Journalism

It was one of the first examples of geoengineering: when plants began to colonise the land they stabilised sediments, generated soils and greened the planet. Now we have a window on the process, thanks to a spectacular rock formation in South China. Image: Jinzhuang Xue

Read More

Hear the first audio recordings from the sea’s deepest point

Posted on 4 Mar 2016 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

When film director James Cameron visited the deepest known point on Earth in 2012, he did not see a great deal. But if he had taken some underwater microphones with him he might have heard a lot. Image: rizuan.j

Read More

First life may have been forged in icy seas on a freezing Earth

Posted on 26 Feb 2016 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

Did life begin in the freezer? Early Earth may not have been as hot and hellish as we thought. In fact, it may have become a snowball around the time life first emerged. Image: Maarten de Wit

Read More

Life may have begun 300 million years earlier than we thought

Posted on 19 Oct 2015 in Earth Science, Journalism, Life

Did life have hellish origins? Carbon with an organic-like signature has been discovered sealed within a crystal that formed during an interval of Earth’s history named after Hades, the underworld of Greek mythology. The find predates other evidence of life by 300 million years. Image: Image Editor

Read More
Page 3 of 15« First...2345...10...Last »